Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This one is for Birdgirl

(This one is for you Birdgirl! [She has some terrific shots of Piebald deer] You seem to love the big bucks from Illinois, so here ya go! It's the biggest I've ever seen, although they are not the best photos of him, as he was quite a distance away.)

As usual, I was driving along...

...and as usual for this time of year, I am looking for big bucks...

...so I mosey on down the road, and find this one I've seen before...

...and that one I've seen before...

...and then all of a sudden, I see a truck stopped ahead, which usually means someone sees something...

...I get closer and see that it is my friend, but I don't want to interfere so I drive past...

...I saw that there were a handful of deer that she was videotaping...

...I spend some time at a parking lot trying to keep busy...

...I get bored and felt I had given her plenty of time, and drive back through...

...this time, I see a buck as I pass her by...

...I couldn't keep driving, I needed to have a second look...

...so I pulled over, giving my friend plenty of property to call her own, but enough for me to get some looks...

...all I can tell from this location was that this buck was a badass!



He was protecting his doe from another buck who was close by...




The doe stayed low for most of the time...






The massive buck tangled in the branches to leave his scent, which should deter other intrusive bucks...






I could not count the tines while shooting, but after closer inspection, I discovered he had 16--yes--16 points! He had 7--yes 7--brow tines! That is highly unusual! The spread of the rack is massive! My boss at work who is leaving for gunshot season which starts this friday morning was drunk with envy. I can only smile because this guy is on protected land.


(click to enlarge to count the points)

6 comments:

Bird Girl said...

Well...let me tell ya...your boss isn't the ONLY one drunk with ENVY!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

That is so just unbelievable - I don't know what I'd do if I saw a buck like that - I get 'buck eggy' when I see an 8 point! My legs quiver - my shutter finger quivers...OH MY, I would LOVE to see a big fella like this!

Now...why couldn't you get them fighting? ;-) Next time!
Wonderful work and I enjoyed your diagram of the 16 - yes 16 - points!!! Congrats on your biggest buck!!!

Shellmo said...

my husband wants a map to this place - LOL! I cannot believe 16 points?!
Great, great capture hannibal!

Marsha said...

My husband is also jealous! I don't think MN can even grow them like that! We clicked on each photo and loved counting the points along with you! Thanks for sharing this guy.

Bird Girl said...

I keep coming back to look at this - in amazement and awe! I showed my hubby and he about died! Jealous is the only word!

Tina said...

He is a handsome one!! I am sooo glad to hear he is protected land, and I hope he stays on that land until hunting season is over. What a great capture Hannibal!! I'm still in awe of those 104 eagles!! Great work!

Gardener's Garden said...

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!